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Introducing Domino's® New York Style Pizza

Craving a delicious, new crust that is thin and cut into big, foldable slices? Domino's Pizza Inc. (NYSE: DPZ), the largest pizza company in the world, has you covered. Introducing New York Style Pizza: a pizza that is designed to be even more delicious, whether you hail from New York City or beyond.

Domino's New York Style Pizza is made with fresh, never frozen dough that is stretched thin, by hand. It is topped with a melty blend of cheese made with 100% real mozzarella and provolone, and cut into six big, foldable...

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Apr 15 9:59 AM, Urner Barry



Online Grocery Delivery Services Market size is set to grow by USD 652.45 billion from 2023-2027

Albertsons Companies Inc., Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. and Amazon.com Inc., and more to emerge as Some of the Key Vendors, Technavio

The global online grocery delivery services market size is estimated to grow by USD 652.45 bn from 2023 to 2027, according to Technavio. The market is estimated to grow at a CAGR of 19.43% during the forecast period. APAC held the largest share of the global market in 2022, and the market in the region is estimated to witness an incremental...

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Apr 15 8:00 AM, Urner Barry


Good Times Restaurants Reports Second Fiscal Quarter Same Store Sales

Good Times Restaurants Inc., operator of Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar and Good Times Burgers & Frozen Custard, today announced that same store sales1 increased 0.9% for its Good Times brand and decreased 3.2% for its Bad Daddy’s brand compared to the same prior-year fiscal quarter and average weekly sales2 were $27,133 and $50,880 for its Good Times and Bad Daddy’s brands, respectively, for its second fiscal quarter ended March 26, 2024.

Ryan Zink, President and CEO, said “The strength of our Good Times brand is clearly evident from...

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Apr 12 9:27 AM, Urner Barry


ANALYSIS: Raw Material Costs in the QSR Sector - Beef Versus Chicken

Fast food restaurants have garnered a lot of attention in recent months due to increasing menu prices.  We thought it would be worthwhile to examine the costs for different ingredients used by the sector, particularly focusing on raw protein materials required for staple menu items. 

For this analysis, we concentrate on hamburger formulations using a 75% lean point. Cost ratio values below one indicate that a hamburger made exclusively from domestic boneless beef provides greater economic value, while values above one suggest that alternative options...

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Apr 11 8:11 AM, Urner Barry


Papa Johns Deepens Strategic Partnership With the Bajco Group to Expand Presence in North America 

Papa John’s International, Inc. (“Papa Johns” or “Company”) today announced plans to open 50 new restaurants by 2028 in partnership with franchisee Nadeem Bajwa and his company, The Bajco Group, which has grown over the past 20 years to become one of Papa Johns largest domestic franchisees.

Furthering Bajwa’s goal to own 500 Papa Johns restaurants, the new agreement will expand the Papa Johns footprint in The Bajco Group’s existing markets across the Midwest and in Arizona, Pennsylvania...

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Apr 9 9:23 AM, Urner Barry


Applebee’s Launches NEW Whole Lotta Bacon Burger

Applebee’s is bringing home the bacon to guests nationwide with its newest Handcrafted Burger: the NEW Whole Lotta Bacon Burger! Big, bold, and full of bacon, the NEW Whole Lotta Bacon Burger takes flavor to the next level for only $9.99, for a limited time.* Guests can cure their bacon cravings with this decadent burger by dining in or ordering To Go.

The NEW Whole Lotta Bacon Burger features seared Applewood-smoked bacon in a juicy all-beef patty, topped with three slices of bacon, tangy bacon sauce and American cheese...

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Apr 9 9:03 AM, Urner Barry


KFC Introduces New "Taste of KFC Deals"- A Value Menu with Real Value- Starting at Just $4.99

KFC is bringing its beloved 11 herbs and spices to an all-new "Taste of KFC Deals" value menu available starting today, with flavor-packed meal deals starting at just $4.99*.

It's been 30 years since food ate up this much of people's incomes, and 56% of consumers are budgeting their finances more now due to inflation.** These deals are tailor-made to fit right into your loud budget – save on delicious fried chicken so you can spend more...

 

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Apr 9 7:59 AM, Urner Barry


Bojangles Introduces Bo's Bird Dog: A Flavorful Twist on a Classic Favorite

Bojangles is giving chicken lovers a tasty, on-the-go way to enjoy one of its most popular menu items with the all-new Bo’s Bird Dog. A spin on a classic hot dog, the Bo’s Bird Dog features a Bojangles Chicken Supreme tender nestled in a split-top bun, topped with thick-cut pickles and drizzled with Carolina Gold sauce – a sweet and tangy honey mustard-based BBQ sauce.

“Bo’s Bird Dogs offer a delicious and portable way to feed the whole...

 

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Apr 9 7:58 AM, Urner Barry


Get Ready for Some Berry Delicious Spring Sensations at Chick-fil-A

Spring is officially in bloom at Chick-fil-A®! Starting April 8, Guests nationwide can enjoy fruity new flavors with a line of Cherry Berry seasonal beverages, the perfect pairing for picnic season. Chick-fil-A is also serving a delicious springtime twist, testing a new limited time entrée available exclusively at participating restaurants in Raleigh, NC: the Pretzel Cheddar Club Sandwich.

Blue Skies and Cherry Vibes
The Cherry Berry beverage line provides a vibrant pop of mixed berry flavors, perfectly sweet and refreshing...

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Apr 4 11:32 AM, Urner Barry


White Castle Savors Value and Flavor with the Introduction of the New $5 Bacon Bundle

White Castle, home of the Original Slider, is doubling down on its commitment to value, and at a time when consumers need it most. The iconic restaurant is launching the $5 Bacon Bundle! This news is so fresh you can hear it sizzling and smell the unmistakable scent of perfectly cooked bacon.

The $5 Bacon Bundle ($6 in Arizona) comes with a choice of two Bacon Sliders — choose from the Bacon Cheese Slider, the 1921 Bacon Cheese...

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Apr 4 9:54 AM, Urner Barry


Robert Irvine and GRUBBRR Launch "Restaurant Revamp" Campaign Ahead of  Fast Food Wage Hikes

GRUBBRR, a cutting-edge provider of self-ordering technology, today announced its collaboration with company investor, partner and celebrity chef Robert Irvine to launch "Restaurant Revamp," a giveaway campaign aimed at addressing solutions to rising labor and food costs in California and beyond. The move comes as California is set to raise hourly wages for fast food employees to $20 per hour starting April 1, 2024, and more restaurant owners and operators are looking to integrate technology as a forward-looking solution...

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Apr 4 9:39 AM, Urner Barry


It's Back! Noodles & Company's Famous Steak Stroganoff Makes an Epic Return

The moment Noodles & Company fans have been waiting for is here, Steak Stroganoff is back! Noodles & Company, the national fast-casual chain known for spreading Uncommon Goodness with its globally-inspired noodle bowls, best-in-class service, and values-centric culture, announced today the highly anticipated, limited time return of Steak Stroganoff. Noodles is delivering nostalgia and satisfying goodness to guests with its most requested fan-favorite dish. Beginning April 10, Steak Stroganoff is available at Noodles restaurants for just $10.95, guests can now savor its return...

 

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Apr 3 12:19 PM, Urner Barry


Delight Restaurant Group Acquires 65 Wendy's Restaurants From Primary Aim, LLC

Delight Restaurant Group announced today the acquisition of 65 Wendy's® restaurants across Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia from Primary Aim, LLC. This acquisition makes Delight Restaurant Group one of the largest franchisees within the Wendy's System.

Delight Restaurant Group is a high performing and growth-oriented restaurant franchise organization founded by Managing Partners Andrew and Richard Krumholz in 2016. With this acquisition, Delight Restaurant Group will own and operate 226 restaurants, generating $500 million in sales, and employing 7,000 people in eight states. Delight Restaurant Group plans...

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Apr 2 10:19 AM, Urner Barry


Chipotle Hides More than $1 Million in Free Burritos Inside New Burrito Vault Game 

Chipotle Mexican Grill today announced it is launching a new interactive game, Burrito Vault, that will give away 100,000 Buy-One-Get-One free entrée codes* redeemable exclusively on National Burrito Day, April 4.

Starting at 12pm PT today, fans can access the Burrito Vault game by visiting www.unlockburritoday.com. The brand is challenging fans to guess two exact order combinations, ingredient by ingredient, that will unlock the bank. Prizes are available for the first 50,000 fans on April 2...

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Apr 2 9:22 AM, Urner Barry


BurgerFi Gets Saucy with HEINZ REMIX Debut

BurgerFi®, owned by BurgerFi International, Inc., is taking part in the sauce revolution by being the first brand to debut the HEINZ REMIX™ Machine at its 4343 N Ocean Blvd, Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, FL 33308 location. BurgerFi Fi-natics can be the first to create their very-own condiment concoctions with fresh-cut crispy, crunchier BurgerFi French fries, hand beer-battered onion rings and more.

“As a brand, we know that guests are looking for unique dining experiences, and there is nothing more distinctive than being able to...

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Apr 1 9:12 AM, Urner Barry


Del Taco Introduces 2 for $3 Crispy Chicken Tacos and Egg & Cheese Breakfast Rollers

Del Taco, the nation’s second-largest Mexican quick service restaurant,* has created one Del of a deal spanning all dayparts. For a limited time, the fan-favorite Crispy Chicken Tacos and Egg & Cheese Breakfast Rollers are 2 for $3.† Del Yeah!™ Rewards members can save even more cash by redeeming a FREE Iced or Hot Coffee with the purchase of any item in the app.‡

“In times of ever-increasing prices, Del continues to provide our guests with high quality, fresh and...

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Mar 28 3:44 PM, Urner Barry


KFC Takes Finger Lickin' Good to a Whole New Level with New Saucy Nuggets in Five Dripping Flavors

KFC is getting saucy and taking its finger lickin' good chicken nuggets to a whole new level with NEW Saucy Nuggets, with five flavors available at KFC restaurants nationwide starting April 1! The news comes one year after KFC introduced its 100% white meat, hand-breaded chicken nuggets, which quickly became a crowd-pleaser.

For just $5.99,* you can get 10 of KFC's new Saucy Nuggets, dripping in one of FIVE delicious sauce flavors, including three brand-new sauces...

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Mar 28 10:12 AM, Urner Barry


Global Entertainment Icon USHER Becomes Newest Dave’s Hot Chicken Franchisee

Dave’s Hot Chicken, the wildly popular Nashville-style hot chicken sensation that started out seven years ago in an East Hollywood parking lot pop-up, today announced that Entertainment Icon USHER is investing in restaurants across Atlanta in the coming years. USHER will be partnering with Lawrence Kourie and Andrew Feghali, whose company is the longest-tenured Dave’s Hot Chicken franchise group, as well as one of the largest.

The eight-time Grammy Award-winning superstar previously experienced the full heat of Dave’s Hot Chicken when he tried the... 

 

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Mar 27 3:39 PM, Urner Barry


Circana Announces Top 50 U.S. Restaurants

Circana™, the leading advisor on the complexity of consumer behavior, today released its 2024 Definitive U.S. Restaurant Ranking Report, offering insights into evolving consumer habits, performance trends, and the top players in the industry.

While restaurant traffic saw a modest growth of 1% in 2023 compared to the previous year, a 5% increase in consumer spending was recorded, surpassing the 4% growth observed in 2022. Notably, the industry now stands as a half-a-trillion-dollar juggernaut, with dollars exceeding 2019 levels by 12%, despite traffic remaining 8% below prepandemic levels...

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Mar 26 8:00 AM, Urner Barry


MLB Eats: Aramark Sports + Entertainment Unveils New Ballpark Fare for 2024 Season

Aramark Sports + Entertainment, is headed into the 2024 Major League Baseball (MLB) season with an expanded roster of clients and a fresh lineup of ballpark menu options and concessions innovations to enhance the gameday experience for baseball fans.

The award-winning provider of food and beverage programs in premier MLB stadiums across the country, today officially announced the addition of Oracle Park, home of the San Francisco Giants, to its baseball portfolio, with plans for reimagined food and beverage offerings to be announced...

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Mar 22 8:00 AM, Urner Barry


Perkins Restaurant & Bakery Launches Egg-Ceptional Catering Program Nationwide with Homestyle Faves

Perkins Restaurant and Bakery®, a leading family dining brand, is springing into the Easter season, offering a delectable selection of homestyle favorites at over 180 locations. Perkins is bringing the brand's iconic breakfast, bakery, burgers, and more to help guests stress less with life's special moments. The Perkins catering menu features affordable homestyle favorites with generous portion sizes, all held to the highest freshness and quality standards.

"At Perkins, we're excited to introduce our catering program, bringing our signature dishes to your special moments...

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Mar 22 8:00 AM, Urner Barry


DoorDash and Wing Announce Drone Delivery Pilot in the US

DoorDash and Wing today announced the launch of their drone delivery partnership in the U.S., starting in Christiansburg, VA. Select local consumers will be able to order eligible menu items from Wendy’s® — the pilot’s first restaurant partner — through the DoorDash marketplace and have them delivered via drone. This follows the drone delivery pilot program that DoorDash and Wing launched in Australia in 2022 and has since expanded to three locations in Queensland with over 60 participating merchants, marking the first time that Wing integrated its drone...

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Mar 21 11:30 AM, Urner Barry


It's a Flavor Eruption! Red Robin Debuts Lava Queso Burger Alongside the Return of a Fan Favorite

Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc. is introducing innovative new flavors beyond imagination with the arrival of the Lava Queso Burger, Chocolate Covered Pretzel Milkshake and more. Plus, the MadLove Burger is making its triumphant return after fans have pleaded for nearly a year!

Starting March 25, burger meets queso with Red Robin's new melty mashup, the Lava Queso Burger! Complete with chipotle aioli, caramelized onions, grilled poblanos and tomato, this decadent burger is topped with a flowing hot cascade of...

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Mar 19 10:14 AM, Urner Barry


Subway® Selects PepsiCo as its Beverage Partner in the U.S.

Subway®, one of the world's largest restaurant brands, today announced a 10-year agreement with PepsiCo to supply beverages in U.S. restaurants beginning January 1, 2025. Subway's longstanding partnership with Frito-Lay® will also be extended through 2030, bringing the brand's U.S. snack and beverage portfolio together under one supplier and driving more efficiency across the system.

Under the new agreement, Subway restaurants will offer a consumer-driven assortment of beverages from the diverse PepsiCo beverages portfolio such as Pepsi®, Pepsi®...

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Mar 19 10:08 AM, Urner Barry


Texas Foodservice Industry Surpasses $100 Billion in Sales for the First Time

According to the latest data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Texas foodservice industry has achieved two major milestones, crossing the $100 billion sales threshold for the first time and graduating to the largest private sector employer in the state, surpassing the healthcare industry. These milestones and new data collected from a diverse group of restaurants across Texas reflect the resiliency of the industry that continues to grapple with the economic shock waves caused by the COVID-19 pandemic...

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Mar 19 9:57 AM, Urner Barry


Marco's Franchising Announces Mexico Expansion with 50-Unit Master Franchise Agreement

Marco's Franchising, one of the nation's fastest-growing pizza brand franchises, announces a 50-unit master franchise agreement marking its debut in Mexico City as international development takes center stage in 2024.

Behind the development is Grupo Pizza Amantes SA de CV, a Mexican company run by four business partners. With the three principals having more than 20 years of experience in the restaurant, hospitality, and retail industry, Grupo Pizza Amantes has been appointed as the master franchisee for Mexico City...

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Mar 19 9:51 AM, Urner Barry


Popeyes® Introduces New Honey Lemon Pepper Wings

Starting Today Available Exclusively on the Popeyes App or Popeyes.com

Starting today, Popeyes® announces the launch of its latest chicken wing innovation: Honey Lemon Pepper, available exclusively through the Popeyes app or on Popeyes.com from March 19 to March 31 before they are available in restaurants nationwide starting April 1.

This new offering features six juicy, marinated, perfectly crispy chicken wings. Each bite packs a sweet and tangy punch with zesty lemon and a bit of peppery heat from black pepper, giving you all the flavors you love about...

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Mar 19 9:47 AM, Urner Barry


Domino's® is Giving Basketball Fans a Slam Dunk of a Deal

Domino's Pizza Inc., the largest pizza company in the world, is celebrating college basketball's biggest month by offering customers 50% off all menu-priced pizzas ordered online today through March 24.

"Domino's is making an assist to customers for a slam dunk of a deal," said Christopher Thomas-Moore, Domino's senior vice president – chief digital officer. "What's better than enjoying delicious pizza while cheering on your favorite team? Enjoying delicious pizza when it's half off!"

The 50% off deal is available on menu-priced pizzas ordered through...

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Mar 19 8:03 AM, Urner Barry


US Foods Spring Scoop Introduces Great Tasting Menu Solutions Aimed at Trending Dietary & Lifestyle

US Foods Holding Corp.– one of America’s leading food service distributors – announced today the launch of its Spring 2024 Scoop™. Themed “Get to Know Serve You,” the issue highlights products under the company’s newly branded “Serve You” portfolio featuring more than 1,700 US Foods Exclusive Brands products that offer plant-forward, gluten-free certified or clean ingredient labels with no ingredients on the US Foods Unpronounceables List®1.

“Given evolving dietary and lifestyle preferences, it’s more important...

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Mar 18 11:39 AM, Urner Barry


Hardee’s Franchisee Shows Commitment to Greater Triangle Region with New Menu 

Hardee’s franchise owner operator Boddie-Noell Enterprises has a longtime presence in the greater Triangle area of North Carolina and recently made it even bigger with new menu choices at its 72 restaurants in the region, new Hardee’s openings and multi-million-dollar renovations across all locations.

Local Hardee’s are debuting new menu choices, featuring the Hand-Breaded Chicken TendersTM Platter and crinkle-cut fries. The Platter includes choice of three or five tenders and dipping sauce, combined with new crinkle-cut fries, slaw, toast and a beverage...

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Mar 18 9:39 AM, Urner Barry


Taco Bell Launches New Cantina Chicken Menu Nationally to Shake up the Daytime

Taco Bell, the brand synonymous with late night, is tackling misconceptions that cheesy, crunchy, spicy cravings can only be satisfied late-night. Introducing the all-new, elevated Cantina Chicken Menu; including five new menu items: The Cantina Chicken Soft Taco, Cantina Chicken Crispy Taco, Cantina Chicken Burrito, Cantina Chicken Quesadilla, and Cantina Chicken Bowl. Select items of the Cantina Chicken Menu are now available* to Taco Bell Rewards members and the full menu will be available to all fans on March 21...

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Mar 14 12:12 PM, Urner Barry


TGI Fridays® Cures Busted Bracket Blues with Free Wings for Defeated Game Day Fans

Just in time for college basketball's biggest tournament of the year, TGI Fridays® is ensuring fans finish the season with a win – especially if their team does not. As fans chase after the elusive – and potentially impossible – perfect bracket, TGI Fridays is serving the ultimate rebound for anyone with a losing bracket. Turning L's into W's, the iconic dining chain is offering free wings as a consolation to every fan with a busted bracket.

Available all day, every day from the tournament tip-off...

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Mar 14 11:54 AM, Urner Barry


The Habit Burger Grill Introduces $6 Grown-Up Meal After Discovering Adults Love Kids' Menu Savings

The Habit Burger Grill, known for its flame-fresh chargrilled Charburgers, signature sandwiches, salads, and shakes, has sponsored a study on Americans' dining habits amidst inflation. Conducted by OnePoll and surveying 2,000 adults nationwide, the study revealed a surprising trend: while 75 percent of Americans support adults ordering from kids' menus to save money, many feel too embarrassed to do so. In fact, only 20 percent reported they actually have ordered a kid’s meal for themselves...

 

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Mar 14 10:00 AM, Urner Barry


Deliveroo Guides For Higher Earnings, Positive Free Cash Flow

Deliveroo guided for further growth in its core earnings this year after its 2023 results were better than expected.

The food-delivery company expects its adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization—a metric that strips out exceptional and other one-off items—to be between 110 million and 130 million pounds ($141 million-$166 million) in 2024, it said Thursday. It guided for positive free cash flow for the year, and expects its gross transaction value to grow between 5% and 9%, with a first quarter...

 

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Mar 14 9:05 AM, Urner Barry


Navis Food Partners Announces Partnership with Prime Source Foods

Prime Source Foods, a center-of-the-plate distributor based in Londonderry, NH, announced today that it joined Navis Food Partners, a partnership of independent foodservice distributors in the Northeast. Prime Source Foods is a large independently owned, center-of-the-plate food distributor in New England and eastern New York.

The acquisition of Prime Source Foods strengthens Navis Food Partners’ presence in the protein category as well as its geographic service footprint in New England. Together with City Line Distributors, Navis Food Partners now covers northern...

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Mar 14 8:00 AM, Urner Barry


Krystal Breaks Ground in North Carolina With New Design

Krystal Restaurants LLC, the original quick-service restaurant chain in the South, announces a strategic expansion into North Carolina, marking a pivotal step in the brand’s plans to expand across the United States. The new builds will boast a sleek and contemporary design and cater to consumers’ on-the-go dining desires. The location is projected to open in Fall 2024.

“We are proud to bring our standout business model and our innovative restaurant design to the state of North Carolina,” said Josh Kern, CEO of... 

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Mar 13 3:30 PM, Urner Barry


Roy Rogers Unveils Savory Wild Dill Chicken Sandwich and Pickle Fries; Brings Back Mint Chip Shake

Roy Rogers® Restaurants, the iconic western-themed quick-service restaurant chain, is thrilled to announce the launch of two brand new menu items – the Wild Dill Sandwich and Pickle Fries, complemented by the return of the Mint Chocolate Chip Shake and Ice Cream. These mouthwatering options will be available for Roy Rogers loyalty customers to order online, or via Roy's Rewards App starting March 12, and in participating locations beginning March 14.

The Wild Dill Sandwich features a hand-battered and breaded...

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Mar 12 1:57 PM, Urner Barry


Chicken Al Pastor is Back: Chipotle Reintroduces One of its Most Popular Menu Innovations

Chipotle Mexican Grill today announced it is bringing back Chicken al Pastor to restaurants around the world for a limited time starting today. Back by popular demand, Chicken al Pastor levels up any go-to Chipotle order with a sophisticated flavor profile and elevated taste.

Sweet Heat Sizzles at Chipotle
Chicken al Pastor debuted in March 2023 as Chipotle's first global menu innovation, delighting fans in the U.S., Canada, U.K., France and Germany with a new flavor that quickly became a fan favorite...

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Mar 12 8:18 AM, Urner Barry


Friendly’s New Spring Menu Has Fun (and Food) for the Whole Family

Springtime means new beginnings – a new season, new flowers, and new delicious items on the Friendly’s menu. It’s the perfect place to celebrate spring with family, creating memorable moments with craveable dishes and happy endings.

Beginning Wednesday, March 6, these new menu additions are available at all Friendly’s locations:

Turkey Wrap

Healthy and delicious, this wrap features sliced, fresh turkey breast with mild cheddar, diced applewood smoked bacon for a crunchy kick, spring mixed greens, diced tomato and Ranch dressing wrapped up in a soft flour tortilla...

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Mar 12 7:47 AM, Urner Barry


Restaurants Are Raising Prices in California as Pay Rises. One Chain Isn’t.

At least one restaurant chain plans to hold the line on what it charges customers even as others are raising prices in California because of the state's minimum-wage boost for fast-food workers.

Mediterranean-style restaurant chain Cava says its recent growth will allow it to absorb the higher labor costs without lifting menu prices. And with a smaller footprint in California than other chains that have said they would raise prices, Cava may not feel as much pain from higher labor costs...

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Mar 11 10:25 AM, Urner Barry


Little Caesars to Launch Crazy Puffs®: Pocket-Sized Pieces of Pizza Bliss!

Little Caesars, home of the HOT-N-READY® pizza, is redefining handheld goodness with the launch of Crazy Puffs. These bite-sized pockets of pizza perfection are a versatile option for any dining occasion and are perfect as your new road trip companion, lunchtime hero, crowd-pleasing treat, and game-day MVP.

The new Crazy Puffs product contains the crave-worthy flavors of a classic pizza, wrapped in a handheld golden, flaky crust. Melty mozzarella cheese, sizzling pepperoni...

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Mar 11 10:03 AM, Urner Barry


Q4 Trends Report: Catering Orders Surge with New Digital Ordering Channels, Food & Alcohol Insights 

Toast, the all-in-one digital platform built for restaurants, today announced its Q4 2023 Restaurant Trends Report, providing insight into the overall state of the U.S. restaurant industry through an analysis of aggregated data from selected cohorts of restaurants and in select U.S. metropolitan areas on the Toast platform, which serves approximately 106,000 restaurant locations as of December 31, 2023. Read more details about our methodology below.

This report looks into catering and large event transactions on the Toast platform, trends in...

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Mar 8 9:11 AM, Urner Barry


Freddy's Launches New Kids Meals Featuring Mascot FredHead and Friends

Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers® is thrilled to announce the launch of its exciting new Kids Meals featuring a delightful cast of characters led by its new lovable mascot, FredHead. The new Kids Meals are now available to order at Freddy's locations nationwide via drive-thru, in-restaurant dining, and pickup or delivery through the Freddy's mobile app and at https://freddys.com.

Freddy's Kids Meals come complete with a delicious selection of kid-friendly options: Single Cheeseburger, Hot Dog, or Chicken Tenders, with a side choice of shoestring fries or applesauce...

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Mar 8 8:00 AM, Urner Barry


The Retail Rundown: Hopping Towards the Holiday

Seafood maintains its lion’s share of total feature volume with 37% this week, up from 28.6% the week prior. At present, 42% of seafood features stem from the fresh/frozen fillet category as retailers look to capture sales from Lent observers.

Tilapia and salmon have the greatest percentages of feature volume within the fillet category. With prices comparable to or below year-ago levels, retailers were keen to give the two species a larger chunk of circular real estate.

Fresh salmon, the top seller within the finfish category last week, retailed at...

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Mar 6 7:10 AM, UB Newswires


Wendy's Fuels March Madness Fans with $1 Dave's Single and $2 Dave's Double All Tournament Long

It's almost time for tipoff! While fans are busy researching teams for brackets, getting their gear ready, and prepping their watching schedule, Wendy's® is fueling the fandom with March Madness® deals all month long!

To celebrate the biggest basketball tournament of the year, Wendy's fans can score a $1 Dave's Single® or a $2 Dave's Double® with Wendy's app offers*.

WHAT: Wendy's is serving up the best tasting burgers in the game...

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Mar 5 8:00 AM, Urner Barry


It's Not Pizza It's Chizza- KFC Brings the Global BestSeller to U.S. Menus For the First Time

From the fried chicken chain that brought you the Double Down, KFC has done it again – pairing the unexpected to create another mouthwatering meal. Starting Feb. 26 for a limited time, KFC is introducing the international smash hit, Chizza ("cheet-za"), to KFC menus in the U.S.* It's not pizza, it's Chizza: two 100% white meat Extra Crispy™ fried chicken filets topped with zesty marinara sauce, melty mozzarella cheese and crispy pepperoni...

 

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Mar 1 9:27 AM, Urner Barry


Carl's Jr. Introduces Spicy Breakfast Burger and Spicy Western Bacon Cheeseburger

Following the burger-induced chaos of Carl's Jr. Free Burger Day on February 12, when more than 200,000 burgers were redeemed, the brand is continuing to feed guests' insatiable craving for bold, new flavors. Available starting today, Carl's Jr. is introducing two menu items to its flavorful lineup – the new Spicy Breakfast Burger and the return of the Spicy Western Bacon Burger, both twists on the classic Western Bacon Cheeseburger.

As part of the flavorful upgrade, the Spicy Breakfast Burger features a charbroiled all-beef patty...

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Mar 1 8:00 AM, Urner Barry


The Wrap Battle Heats up as Burger King® Introduces New Fiery Buffalo Flavor to Royal Crispy Wraps

Burger King is bringing the heat to its fan-favorite wraps with an all-new Fiery Buffalo Royal Crispy Wrap. Starting March 7, the fiery flavor will be available for Guests to try alongside the existing lineup of Royal Crispy Wraps that launched on menus nationwide last August – including Classic, Spicy and Honey Mustard.

The new Fiery Buffalo Royal Crispy Wrap features crispy white meat chicken breast fillet coated in a spicy Buffalo glaze and a creamy...

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Mar 1 8:00 AM, Urner Barry


Nathan’s Famous Continues International Expansion in 2024

Nathan’s Famous, Inc., the American tradition serving New York favorites for more than 100 years, announces their continued international expansion in 2024. The brand, which recently opened virtual kitchens in Belgium and France, multiple full-service franchised restaurants in Mexico City, and two franchised restaurants and a food truck in Egypt in 2023, currently operates in 19 countries globally. Through master franchise relationships in Brazil, United Kingdom, Egypt, and Ukraine, the brand plans to open brick and mortar franchised locations and sub-franchised locations in Brazil by the end of 2024...

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Feb 27 12:32 PM, Urner Barry


Roy Rogers Restaurants Introduces Refranchising Program

Roy Rogers Restaurants® is introducing a refranchising program as part of its franchise growth strategy in Maryland and Virginia. The new program empowers potential franchisees to join the long-time brand by acquiring existing corporate stores before establishing independent locations.

As a proof of concept, Multi-Unit Franchisee Mohammad Haque touts the success of a recently acquired existing store, expanding Haque’s regional footprint in the Alexandria, VA. marketplace. This unit is his sixth with Roy Rogers.

“I was looking to grow my portfolio in an existing market, to tap into a..

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Feb 27 10:12 AM, Urner Barry


The Cheesecake Factory Reports Results for Fourth Quarter of Fiscal 2023

The Cheesecake Factory Incorporated (NASDAQ: CAKE) today reported financial results for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2023, which ended on January 2, 2024.

Total revenues were $877.0 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2023 compared to $892.8 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2022. The fourth quarter of fiscal 2023 included 13 weeks compared to 14 weeks in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2022. Excluding the impact of the additional week in fiscal 2022, which contributed approximately $78.4...

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Feb 23 10:10 AM, Urner Barry


New Industry Resource Captures Culinary Evolution of the Caribbean

Developed in collaboration with local food scholars and regional chefs, the textbook is a go-to resource for educators and foodservice professionals

Honoring island traditions and promoting regional variations of local dishes are at the heart of a new USMEF marketing program to incorporate U.S. beef and pork into culinary communities throughout the Caribbean islands.

“The culinary histories of the islands are fascinating and ever-evolving,” says USMEF Caribbean Representative Elizabeth Wunderlich. “But there are no resources available that capture the multi-cultural influences...

 

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Feb 21 12:05 PM, Urner Barry


Fogo de Chão Celebrates the Return of the Porterhouse to the Churrasco Experience for a Limited Time

Fogo de Chão, the internationally-renowned restaurant from Brazil, invites guests to indulge in the premium Porterhouse cut as it returns to the Full Churrasco Experience for a limited time starting today at all U.S. locations, including Puerto Rico. The Porterhouse is an indulgent cut that includes both a New York Strip and Filet that is cooked bone-in, and served sliced tableside, delivering a juicy and rich flavor with every bite. Fire-roasted and seasoned with rock salt, the Porterhouse adds...

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Feb 20 10:44 AM, Urner Barry


Restaurant Brands International Inc. Introduces Five-Year Growth Outlook

Restaurant Brands International Inc. Chief Executive Officer, Josh Kobza, and Executive Chairman, Patrick Doyle, today shared their confidence in the long-term global growth outlook for Tim Hortons, Burger King, Popeyes and Firehouse Subs.

Mr. Kobza provided guidance for investors that the company expects to achieve a minimum of 40,000 restaurants, $60B in system-wide sales and $3.2B in Adjusted Operating Income by 2028 by delivering average annual results over the next five years of 3% plus comparable sales...

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Feb 16 9:49 AM, Urner Barry


New FMI Report: Food Industry Committed to Health and Well-Being Initiatives

Most food industry companies are operating with established nutrition, health and well-being strategies to meet increased shopper focus on healthy eating

As Americans’ interest in nutrition and healthy eating has increased in recent years, companies across the food industry have implemented numerous initiatives to support consumers’ health needs and priorities, according to FMI – The Food Industry Association’s new Food Industry Contributions to Health and Well-Being 2024 report. The survey, conducted in October 2023, includes insights from both retailers and product suppliers... 

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Feb 16 8:00 AM, Urner Barry


Taco Bell Unveils the Cheesy chicken Crispanada: A Bold Innovation with Mexican-Inspired Flavors

From the masterminds of the Taco Bell test kitchen comes the Cheesy Chicken Crispanada. The brand's take on the iconic empanada is set to hit menus nationwide for a limited time starting February 15, bringing with it a fusion of craveable flavors.

Taco Bell's commitment to push the boundaries of food creativity and innovation is grounded in its fusion-first ethos, creating a synergy where beloved flavors and forms come together to produce something entirely new. The Cheesy Chicken Crispanada is a testament to Taco Bell's...

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Feb 15 9:42 AM, Urner Barry


Smashburger Launches Jack & Annie's® Plant-Based Burgers in Restaurants Nationwide

Smashburger, the better-burger fast casual restaurant with 235 corporate and franchise locations, has partnered with jack and annie's to launch a new plant-based burger made from jackfruit in all locations across the U.S. starting today.

While the union of the two Colorado-based companies is solidified poignantly on Valentine's Day, the relationship began with a limited time menu test conducted last summer within select Smashburger locations in Colorado, New York, New Jersey, and Chicago.Following the menu test's success and positive feedback from consumers, the...

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Feb 15 9:11 AM, Urner Barry


US Foods Reports Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2023 Earnings

US Foods Holding Corp., one of the largest foodservice distributors in the United States, today announced results for the fourth quarter and full fiscal year 2023.

Fourth Quarter Fiscal 2023 Highlights

  • Net sales increased 4.9% to $8.9 billion
  • Total case volume increased 5.6%; independent restaurant case volume increased 7.3%
  • Gross profit increased 9.4% to $1.6 billion
  • Net income available to common shareholders was $147 million
  • Adjusted EBITDA increased 10.9% to $388 million
  • Diluted EPS increased 59.5% to $0.59; Adjusted...
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Feb 15 8:49 AM, Urner Barry


The Retail Rundown: Surf and Turf Promotions for Valentine's Day

It's Cupid's Day and love is in the air for the foodservice sector as consumers celebrate with an evening out and a special meal.

Following the Super Bowl craze, the balance of this month is generally lackluster for retail. However, increased demand for premium cuts of meat and seafood helps to lift overall protein sales, especially for restaurants and fine dining establishments.

Various restaurant chains were showcasing Valentine's Day promotions last weekend and continue to offer special deals for the upcoming weekend including prix fixe menus for two.

Consumers planning...

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Feb 14 6:30 AM, UB Newswires


Podcast: Agri-Food for Thought on Valentine's Day and "Hot" Cocoa Prices in 2024

Jamie and Simon gear up for Valentine's Day with insights on consumer spending and the price tag on the food products they love. Featuring special guest, Andrew Moriarty! Listen Now. 

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Feb 12 8:00 AM, Urner Barry


Surrender to Flavor: Carl's Jr. Celebrates Free Burger Day on Feb. 12

After days of speculation, hints, and leaked messages, it's time to confirm the truth. Carl's Jr.® is celebrating big wins and bold, irresistible flavors on Feb. 12 by giving away free Western Bacon Cheeseburgers to My Rewards members for Carl's Jr. Free Burger Day, the day after the big game. Yes, that's correct, FREE.

Get prepared! Download the Carl's Jr. app and join the free My Rewards program today. On Feb. 12, My Rewards members will receive...

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Feb 8 3:38 PM, Urner Barry


Unlock Free Fried Chicken with New KFC Rewards Program -Order on KFC.com and the KFC APP 

Do you dream of free fried chicken? Do you like a finger lickin' good deal? If you answered yes to either of these questions, the new KFC Rewards program is here for you!

KFC Rewards, a new loyalty program from Kentucky Fried Chicken®, is where finger lickin' good deals meet finger lickin' good food. Now KFC customers can unlock free KFC by earning points on orders through their Rewards Account via KFC.com or the KFC app.*

To start earning rewards on digital orders...

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Feb 7 8:00 AM, Urner Barry


The Retail Rundown: Super Sunday Promotions 

The Super Bowl ranks as the second biggest eating occasion of the year, behind Thanksgiving. To prepare for this weekend's celebrations, circulars are brimming with promotions on items like finger foods, party trays, and beverages ahead of the showdown between Kansas City and San Francisco. 

The National Chicken Council (NCC) projects chicken wing consumption for Super Bowl LVIII at 1.45 billion wings, unchanged from last year's record level. Americans are more likely to prefer eating bone-in wings (53%) than boneless wings, based on the NCC’s survey findings.

Urner Barry's jumbo wing values...

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Feb 7 7:19 AM, UB Newswires


Popeyes® Launches First Super Bowl Commercial Featuring New Wings

Popeyes® has unveiled its first-ever Super Bowl commercial featuring actor, writer, and comedian Ken Jeong trying the famous brands’ new Wings for the first time.

The funny commercial is based on Jeong, who cryogenically froze himself 52 years ago waiting for the best-ever wing to be created. Jeong is unfrozen to discover Popeyes has permanently launched Wings in five delicious flavors – along with many other changes from 52 years ago, including drones, driverless cars, scooters, and new breeds of doodle dogs...

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Feb 6 10:24 AM, Urner Barry


QDOBA Mexican Eats® Has Valentine's Day Celebrations Covered, No Matter Your Relationship Status

This Valentine's Day, QDOBA is celebrating with fans, whether their relationship status is single, in a situationship or relationship, or simply those looking to grab lunch with a friend! According to a recent survey of the Gen Z demographic issued by QDOBA, only 11% of people believe Valentine's Day is strictly for romantic relationships, further underscoring the brand's invitation to celebrate yourself, friends, work bestie or anyone you fancy on the upcoming holiday. In the spirit of love — and like — for one day only on Valentine's...

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Feb 6 9:36 AM, Urner Barry


Cargill “Protein Profile” Finds Shrinking, Time-Strapped U.S. Households Demand Easier Meal Options 

Annual trends report reveals top industry insights, including consumers’ desire for more diverse and globally inspired foods on their menus

North American consumers need protein solutions that are right-sized, simple, globally inspired and affordable. That’s according to the newly published “Protein Profile,” an annual report produced by Cargill’s North American Protein business. The comprehensive findings are compiled by Cargill’s Marketing and Insights team, based on their own proprietary research and market intelligence gleaned from working with North America’s top retailers, food manufacturers and restaurants...

 

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Feb 6 8:06 AM, Urner Barry


Restaurant Chains Prepare For Valentine’s Day, Ash Wednesday Mashup 

Valentine’s Day… a day of love and big spending. The National Retail Federation (NRF) predicts total spending on significant others to reach a record high this year at $14.2 billion. But this year February 14 also happens to be Ash Wednesday, the kickoff of the Lenten season.

Catholics are supposed to abstain from eating meat on not only Ash Wednesday, but the Fridays during Lent leading up to Easter Sunday. During this time many chains feature specials and limited time offerings for seafood to appeal to the crowd that observes...

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Feb 6 3:13 AM, SeafoodNews


Applebee’s Launches Exclusive Date Night Pass for One Year of Dates

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Applebee’s is helping daters find love – and value – with the NEW Applebee’s Date Night Pass. For the first time ever, and for only $200, guests lucky enough to snag one of these unbeatable Date Night Passes will receive 52 date nights, redeemable beginning February 1, 2024, through January 31, 2025, at participating Applebee’s restaurants nationwide.* Available to purchase on January 22 at 9 a.m. PST, these limited-edition passes will provide up to $30 of food and non-alcoholic beverages during...

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Jan 17 9:59 AM, Urner Barry







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